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Mercury retrograde in Taurus & Aries: April 9 to May 3, 2017

Every time it happens we think "Mercury Retrograde isn't real" and then al this kooky stuff starts to happen. With that said, it's that time again so back up all your important data, clear the air with feuding friends, and do your best to get all your paperwork (cough, taxes) filed. On April 9, Mercury turned retrograde for the second time in 2017. This backspin lasts until May 3, beginning in Taurus(stubborn) then slipping back through Aries for the remainder. Conversations could devolve into endless ethical debates or even shouting matches. 
Since Taurus rules financial foundations, this retrograde may reveal an old source of income that may be profitable once again. Use the next couple weeks to refine your  budget. You may also want to review all your monthly statements with a fine-toothed comb. When data-driven Mercury is off course, an ounce of prevention is worth a kilo of cure. 
Communication planet Mercury rules the transfer and travel of information, so during this signal-jamming cycle, it’s wise to password protect all sensitive data and back it up to the cloud. Keep a careful watch on mobile devices, too. Leaving your cell in a cab or dumping coffee on your laptop? These are mistakes that can be avoided with a little extra caution. With trivia obsessed Virgo at the helm, however, we can harness the “re” powers of this cosmic cycle and dive into research missions. By the time the speedy planet corrects course on May 3, we’ll be armed with all the facts and figures we need to make clear-headed choices for ourselves. 
What IS Mercury retrograde, really?
Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, it really isn't moving backward, but much like two trains or cars passing each other, this creates the optical illusion that one is going backward.
In astrology, Mercury rules communication, travel, and technology—so all of these areas go haywire for about three weeks.
To top it off, Mercury retrograde also has what’s called a “shadow period” so you may feel the retrograde a couple weeks before and after it actually happens.
So how not to have a nervous breakdown? Don’t start anything new. Review all your contracts before you sign. Renew your commitments, rather than making new ones. Prepare to repeat yourself often. It’s like learning a new dance. Or something.
Note to all 21st-century dwellers: Mercury retrograde can crash electronic equipment. Back up your computer, calendar and cell phone address book. Expect delays if traveling, and pack a book to entertain yourself while you wait for the tardy bus or plane. Get in touch with old friends and don’t be surprised if people from your past track you down. You might hear from the most RANDOM ex-boyfriends and childhood classmates during retrogrades. Mercury also rules contracts, so think before you ink. Either wrap up important negotiations before the cycle starts, or wait to sign documents until Mercury goes direct.
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